Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes

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With celebration, comes cake! Lately, however, my family has been requesting these chocolate hazelnut cupcakes for birthdays and other special occasions rather than our go-to ice cream cake we pick up at the store. They really are a treat – rich chocolate cake accompanied by chocolate hazelnut buttercream, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and to top it all off, a sprinkle of toasted hazelnuts. This is a truly decadent combination that my family goes nuts over. You can whip up your own cake batter, but for these ones I like to use extra-moist dark chocolate cake mix.


Recipe:

Makes 24 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

dark chocolate cake mix (or devil’s food) + eggs, oil, and water according to your box.

For the chocolate hazelnut buttercream:

4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread

1 stick of butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons heavy cream

pinch of salt

caramel & chocolate sauce for drizzling

chopped hazelnuts for topping

Cupcakes:

1. Prepare cupcakes according to box. Set aside and let cool completely.

Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream:

1. Beat butter and chocolate hazelnut spread with an electric mixer until completely combined, about 2 minutes.

2. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add powdered sugar one cup at a time.

3. Add vanilla and a pinch of salt until incorporated. Scrape bowl if needed.

4. Add heavy cream and beat on high speed for 5 minutes.

Directions:

Toast a couple handfuls of hazelnuts over medium heat, just until you start to smell them toasting. Be careful not to burn! Set aside. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, use a piping bag fitted with a large star tip to frost cupcakes, starting in the middle and swirling up. Use a spoon to drizzle chocolate and caramel sauces over the cupcakes. Top with toasted hazelnuts and enjoy!

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